Liberty County sheriff’s deputy who survived 2019 shooting has died

Liberty County Sheriff's Deputy Richard Whitten is pictured at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston where he was undergoing physical therapy last year. He died unexpectedly on Feb. 3, 2020.

The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office received sad news this evening that Deputy Richard Whitten, who survived a shooting in 2019, has died. According to Sheriff Bobby Rader, it appears that Whitten suffered a heart attack during physical therapy Monday afternoon and could not be revived.

Whitten had rallied back after being shot once in the neck and paralyzed by a murder suspect who had killed two people at a Cleveland business. Last September, Whitten spoke to Bluebonnet News about the incident, sharing his upbeat attitude in the face of adversity.

“I know the odds are that I am not going to get out of here in the condition I want to be, but I still feel blessed. I am a God-fearing man. I believe that He is going to do for me whatever needs to be done. I pray to Him all the time,” Whitten said.

No other information is available at this time. Updates will be posted as they become available.

Bluebonnet News sends its deepest sympathies and regards to the family of Deputy Richard Whitten.


  1. Prayers for his family and friends and family in blue.Thank you for your service and sacrifice to our community.Rest In Peace 🙏🙏🙏

  2. Extremely sad, and such a waste. He was right about God doing what was right by him. He took him home. Prayers for the family during this time of loss. It has already been a hard road for them all.

  3. May you RIP our dear brother until the promised day of the resurrection by our lord Jesus Christ mentioned in the biblical book of John chapter 5:28,29, my heartfelt prayers and prayers for your families and friends as well as the families in blue or any color 💙👮‍♀️🚔💙👮‍♀️🚔🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

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